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BINGO (a winning new musical)

by Original Cast Recording

BINGO is a splashy, zippy, outrageously funny new musical. This amazing cast recording from the original Off-Broadway cast of BINGO, was hailed by The New York Times as “fun-loving musical theatre”.
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1. Overture BINGO Company
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0:57 $0.99
2. Girls' Night Out Liz McCartney, Liz Larsen, Janet Metz
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3:19 $0.99
3. Anyone Can Play Bingo Chevi Colton, Patrick Ryan Sullivan
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1:05 $0.99
4. I Still Believe in You Janet Metz, Liz McCartney, Liz Larsen, Klea Blackhurst
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3:34 $0.99
5. I've Made Up My Mind Beth Malone
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2:20 $0.99
6. Under My Wing Liz McCartney, Beth Malone, Liz Larsen, Janet Metz, Patrick Ryan
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2:35 $0.99
7. Gentleman Caller Liz Larsen, Patrick Ryan Sullivan
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4:23 $0.99
8. The Birth of Bingo Patrick Ryan Sullivan, Klea Blackhurst
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9. Ratched's Lament Beth Malone, Liz McCartney, Janet Metz, Liz Larsen, Klea Blackhu
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4:33 $0.99
10. Swell Liz McCartney
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2:42 $0.99
11. Gentleman Caller (Reprise) Liz Larsen, Patrick Ryan Sullivan
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12. I Still Believe in You (Reprise) Janet Metz, Liz McCartney, Liz Larsen, Beth Malone, Patrick Ryan
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1:02 $0.99
13. B4 Beth Malone, Klea Blackhurst
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14. I've Made Up My Mind (Reprise) Klea Blackhurst
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15. Finale BINGO Company
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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“Extremely funny and whimsical – Hilarious!”“
- Associated Press

Bingo (a winning new musical)

This amazing cast recording from the original Off-Broadway cast of BINGO, was hailed by The New York Times as “fun-loving musical theatre”.

In this hilarious new play-along musical comedy, the audience gets to join in the BINGO game at Hamerin County’s VFW Hall, where they will meet – among others – Vern, Honey and Patsy, three pals that have driven through a terrible thunderstorm in the name of their weekly obsession. In between the number calling, strange rituals and fierce competitions, love blossoms and estranged friends reunite, sending everyone home a winner.

BINGO features “a power-packed cast” (Talkin’ Broadway) including concert and recording artist Klea Blackhurst as Bernice/Marilyn, Chevi Colton (Broadway’s Cabaret) as Minnie, Tony nominee Liz Larsen (Broadway’s The Most Happy Fella, Hairspray) as Honey, Liz McCartney (Broadway’s Mamma Mia!, Taboo) as Vern, Janet Metz (Broadway’s Fiddler on the Roof, Once Upon a Mattress) as Patsy, Patrick Ryan Sullivan (Broadway’s 42nd Street, Beauty and the Beast) as Sam/Frank and Beth Malone (Broadway’s Ring of Fire) as Alison. Orchestrations by Steven Bishop.

BINGO has a book by Michael Heitzman & Ilene Reid, and music & lyrics by Mr. Heitzman, Ms. Reid & David Holcenberg.

For more information visit www.bingothemusical.com.


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Fred

CD is great...shipped quickly and superbly packed.
This cd is delightful and most enjoyable, especially after seeing the show here in N.Y. It is the type of musical that continues to grow on you. The cast is great, very good voices.

roberta

score has really matured
Have heard this show in many forms and this is the best ever. Don't miss out on the chance to own this orginal score.

Associated Press

`Bingo' musical explores the game's quirky charms
By JUSTIN BERGMAN
Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ The women who inhabit the new off-Broadway musical ``Bingo'' at St. Luke's Theatre could be found in any fire hall or middle school cafeteria around the country.
Vern is ornery, given to sudden outbursts when she comes a number short of winning a game. Patsy is superstitious and fills her table with good-luck charms.
And Honey is a tad dim and has horrible luck with men, which explains her addiction to a game that requires little investment and yields minimal disappointment.
As the protagonists in ``Bingo'' make clear, bingo players are a different breed _ a subculture that could be mined for much comic effect, if done properly. With a deceptively witty book and spirited performances, ``Bingo'' does just that, creating a hilarious portrait of a peculiar competitive event, much in the way ``The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee'' did for elementary school spellers.
``Bingo'' opens with a massive thunderstorm, the kind that happens once a century and shutters entire counties. Vern, Patsy and Honey are determined to make it to bingo, though, so they head out in the rain for their regular ``night with the girls.''
The game is in full swing when the women arrive, as the audience has already participated in the ``early bird'' game with their own cards and daubers, handed out as people come into the theater. (The winner gets $3 and their picture on the wall.)
For Vern, Patsy and Honey, however, the game is merely a backdrop for other dramas, including a mysterious tiff between Vern and former best friend Bernice at bingo night 15 years ago _ it's recounted in stages throughout the show.
While the various story lines are formulaic and lack real depth, ``Bingo'' works because it is self-knowingly light and whimsical, packed with satirical jabs at bingo culture in small-town America and some extremely funny and acerbic one-liners _ mostly uttered by the gruff Vern.
Liz McCartney plays Vern superbly, casting her gaze downward as she mockingly threatens an audience member sitting in her usual seat and taking bingo neophyte Alison (Beth Malone) through the bingo ropes in a lively song-and-dance routine. A Broadway regular, McCartney is the kind of character actress you find yourself watching even when she's not speaking.
The rest of the cast is also strong, particularly 40-year Broadway veteran Chevi Colton as bingo hall proprietress Minnie, and Janet Metz as Patsy. Metz possesses a spastic quality reminiscent of Molly Shannon on ``Saturday Night Live,'' almost to the point where you expect her to start smelling her armpits a la Shannon's most well-known character, Mary Katherine Gallagher.
With Thomas Caruso's nimble direction and a sly book and music by Michael Heitzman and Ilene Reid (David Holcenberg is also credited on the music), the show is rarely at a loss for momentum as it's moved along by short, snappy tunes.
Heitzman and Reid also throw in a number of creative twists that make already eccentric characters seem even more off-kilter. A slow-motion bingo scene toward the end illustrates this perfectly, as does the nonsensical musical number from a show Alison has been cast in based on ``One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.''
When the other cast members come out dressed in straitjackets, it's difficult not to appreciate the book's quirky charm, or restrain one's laughter.

New York Times


BINGO turns Grandma's favorite form of gambling into FUN-LOVING MUSICAL THEATRE! Catchy, peppy songs! The performers sell each number with gusto!

Variety


The score is bouncy and well-crafted.

Theater Mania


BINGO may well provide for middle-aged women what Wicked offers their adolescent daughters!